TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING SPORTS ADMINISTRATORS TO LEAD THE WAY AT PERTH STADIUM

The team that will run the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is fast taking shape, with two of Australia’s leading sports administrators now confirmed in senior executive roles by Stadium operator VenuesLive.

The Perth Stadium team will be led by Chief Executive Officer Mike McKenna, who commenced work in Perth on Monday 28 November.

Mr McKenna has joined VenuesLive after almost 20 years in senior management roles at Cricket Australia and the Essendon Football Club. He was Executive General Manager, Operations at Cricket Australia and played a key role in the stewardship of all Cricket Australia’s marketing and commercial programs for 11 years.

Mr McKenna was architect of the hugely successful Big Bash League – a benchmark for sports, media and entertainment in Australia.

Prior to his roles at Cricket Australia, Mr McKenna was General Manager Commercial Operations at Essendon Football Club for seven years from 1998. During a period of significant transformation for Essendon and for AFL, Mr McKenna led the Essendon club’s move to Etihad Stadium.

“I am very excited about the opportunity ahead, helping to deliver one of the world’s great stadiums. Working with the WA Government, footy clubs, cricket and other sporting codes, we aim to deliver the best sporting and entertainment experiences for the people of Perth, WA and Australia,” Mr McKenna said.

“We have made a number of key appointments to my Perth Stadium management team and I look forward to the journey ahead.”

Respected Australian events manager Chris Loftus-Hills has joined the VenuesLive team after 11 seasons delivering major cricket events across the country,

Mr Loftus-Hills has been appointed General Manager Events & Operations at Perth Stadium and will take up his position in the VenuesLive management team on Monday 16 January.

Born in Kalgoorlie, Mr Loftus-Hills is well known for his role as Head of Events & Match Operations at Cricket Australia where he has worked since 2005.

“I am excited to be joining Mike McKenna and the team that will bring to life the new Perth Stadium and deliver world-class sport and entertainment events,” Mr Loftus-Hills said.  “I am very much looking forward to working with all the major sporting codes and other hirers to deliver a premium fan experience in a world-class facility that the people of Perth are going to be

A number of other senior appointments have been made at Perth Stadium by VenuesLive.

Robert Affleck, formerly Assistant Project Director for Perth Stadium with WA Government agency VenuesWest, has taken up the role of General Manager Corporate Services.

Dorian Hughes has joined VenuesLive as Operations Manager. His most recent role was Transition Manager for VenuesWest, responsible for managing the transition of Perth Stadium from construction to operation.

Kim Wisniewski has been appointed Information Communications Technology Manager. Kim joins the company from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he held the position of ICT Consultant.

Rebecca Purcell has taken up the role of Events Manager after a 10-year career in event operations at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, ANZ Stadium.

Commenting on the recent appointments at Perth Stadium, Chief Executive Officer of VenuesLive, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “The new Perth Stadium team is well and truly taking shape with a number of senior executives either having already taken up their positions or transitioning across to VenuesLive.

“In Mike McKenna and Chris Loftus-Hills, the people of Western Australia have two of Australia’s finest sports administrators leading the way at Perth Stadium.”